to kill a robin Written by Harper Lee, the play is now being written by the talented Aaron Sorkin Kennedy Center. Sorkin wrote the play, so you have to consider not only the original but how it relates to life today. It’s attractive.
The play is based on Atticus Finch attempts to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson, a black man who was falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama. “It is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. The protagonist is Jean Louise (“Boy Scout”) Finch, a bright and unconventional girl who, over the course of the novel, has grown from an age of Aged six to nine. She and her brother Jem were raised by their widowed father, Atticus Finch, a brilliant lawyer who encouraged empathy in the children Compassionate and fair. When black man Tom Robinson was falsely accused of raping white woman Mayella Ewell, Atticus agreed to defend him despite community threats. While Atticus’ defense was strong, Tom Still convicted, he was later killed while trying to escape from prison. One character likened his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds,” echoing Atticus’ comments about his children that ” It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. Many believe the mockingbird represents innocence, and the show shows the end of innocence for Atticus Finch and Scooter, and Tom Ewell Kill, we saw how they and the judge and the sheriff responded to the murder.
Although the play takes place in Alabama in the 1930s, it can be understood by what is happening in our country today. When you leave the theater, you may be haunted by what happened in the 1930s, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll think deeply about your feelings and realize that racism still permeates society today.
The show is directed to perfection by Bartlett Scheer and the acting is excellent. Melanie Moore is incredible as a scout. Atticus Finch, played by Richard Thomas, makes you sit up straighter and listen intently, especially with his disturbing closing arguments at the trial. While I can’t mention all of them, every actor is incredibly talented. Calpurnia, played by Jaqueline Williams, speaks captivatingly. Justin Mark is the perfect Jem, and Steven Lee Johnson is the perfect Dill. You listen when they speak. Joey Collins’ Tom Ewell makes you hate him, which is exactly what his character demands, and Arianna Gale Starkey’s daughter Mayella Ewell makes you both crazy Sad again. Yaegel T. Welch as Tom Robinson is perfect. Richard Poe’s Judge Taylor and David Christopher Wells’ Sheriff Heck Tate give you hope that even in this horrific neighborhood, there are some decent people.
The creative team has done a great job in every way, allowing you to focus on the story and characters. The sets and costumes are completely believable. The team includes Miriam Bluether set designer; Ann Ross costume designer; Jennifer Tipton lighting designer and Scott Lehrer sound designer.
to kill a robin at the Kennedy Center Opera until July 10th. Order your tickets now! The show sold out, as it should be. Bring your entire family, including older children who you think can understand this important story.